Queers of La Vista

The Butch and the Beautiful (Queers of La Vista #2) by Kris Ripper Review

  The Butch and the Beautiful (Queers of La Vista Book 2) by Kris Ripper 3.5 Stars!

Sometimes you have to take risks to get what you really want….

Jaq Cummings is a high school teacher who really wants a committed relationship—as long as it doesn’t keep her out late on school nights or interrupt Sunday mass with her dad. She is absolutely not about to fall for the hot-mess divorcée she hooks up with even if said hot mess pushes all her buttons. Jaq’s white knight days are over.

But one hookup with Hannah becomes two, then coffee, then more incredibly hot sex. And unlike most of Jaq’s exes, Hannah’s not looking for someone to come on strong. In fact, Hannah comes on plenty strong enough for both of them. But she’s just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s in the process of moving across the state, and Jaq can’t take a chance on yet another relationship where she defaults to being a caregiver instead of a partner.

Just when Jaq decides her relationship with Hannah is far too precarious, a crisis with a student reminds her of her priorities and makes it clear that sometimes, you have to take big risks to get what you really want.

Review

This book opens up red hot and I am thrilled to see a romance about two women as out and out sexy as this one is.

Ripper sets us in Jaq’s head with a crisp writing and verve. Jaq is an amazing character, complex and compelling.

I wish we had spent time in Hannah’s head too because we hear to much about what others think about her and not enough of her own processes.

There are lots of nice details of friends, family, the mess of divorce, living in a tight knit community, the teenagers Jaq teachers…

Jaq’s and Hannah’s relationship is rough because they are both non communicative and wounded. I think there needed to be more for me to buy even this Happy For Now ending but the writing was very good and the book enjoyable.

 

Gays of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista, #1) by Kris Ripper 4 Star Review

   Gays of Our Lives (Queers of La Vista Book 1) by Kris Ripper 4 Stars! 

Emerson Robinette only leaves his apartment to get laid and go to work. Having MS—and trying to pretend he doesn’t—makes everything more complicated, especially his fantasies of coming on strong and holding a guy down. Finding a partner who’ll explore that with him isn’t Emerson’s idea of a realistic goal.

Until a chance meeting with a hipster on a bus makes him reconsider. Obie is happy, open-hearted, and warm; what’s more, he gets his kicks being physically dominated, spanked, and teased until he’s begging. It would be perfect, except for one thing: Emerson isn’t made for happiness, and he doesn’t see how a guy like Obie would settle for a cynic like him.

But as far as Obie’s concerned, the only thing keeping them apart is Emerson. Can Emerson handle a boyfriend who’s more invested in his future than he is? Emerson’s barely convinced he has a future. But when Obie’s smiling at him, anything seems possible.

Review

Kris Ripper is a very good writer and this book is compelling. It layers so many elements of being human thoughtfully into a moving love story.

Emerson is frustrated. His body doesn’t do what he wants it to do and who he is on the inside isn’t who he looks like on the outside.

Obie is a sunny character but with lots of hidden depths. I am not sure why he decided he is so into Emerson but his resilience ,pursuit and talent makes him a great hero.

I love the conversation Obie and Emerson have about how Obie has elected to view life and how he has worked to see the joy. Emerson is a wonderful teacher and becomes a wonderful partner.

I wished for more at the closing but it was a real nice love story.